Am employee for the State Of Massachusetts has just had his previous chargers against him dismissed after it was proved he was the victim of spam. Seems that a state issued laptop was in the hands of the alleged suspect, when his superiors discovered child pron on his system. The employee was terminated, charged with being a pervert and was finally cleared after two experts concluded the employee was not at fault. In the story from the Boston Hearld it states:

“The overall forensics of the laptop suggest that it had been compromised by a virus,” said Jake Wark, spokesman for Suffolk District Attorney Daniel Conley.

Nationally recognized computer forensic analyst Tami Loehrs told the Herald Michael Fiola’s ordeal was “one of the most horrific cases I’ve seen.”

“As soon as you mention child pornography, everybody’s senses go out the window,” she said.

Loehrs, who spent a month dissecting the computer for the defense, explained in a 30-page report that the laptop was running corrupted virus-protection software, and Fiola was hit by spammers and crackers bombarding its memory with images of incest and pre-teen porn not visible to the naked eye.

Two forensic examinations conducted by the state Attorney General’s Office for the prosecution concurred with that conclusion, Wark said.

Still, Fiola, 53, whose wife, Robin, described as “computer-illiterate,” wants his day in court. He intends to sue the DIA for “destroying our lives.”

“Our lives have been hell,” said Fiola, a former state park ranger now living in Rhode Island. “I hope to recover my reputation, but our friends all ran.”

If the facts do show that the state illegally terminated the employee, had him charged with what appears to be false charges, I personally hope that Mr. Fiola wins a huge settlement. Being labeled as a child porn pervert is a stigma that can not be shed, no matter what the facts of his innocence shows. Hopefully the monetary award will provide enough cash for Mr. Fiola and his family to be able to move and hopefully start a new life in another town.

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